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How blue whales became the largest animals to ever live on earth Photo

How blue whales became the largest animals to ever live on earth

In a study published this week in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B scientists have zeroed in on the cause and effect of blue whales colossal size. The scientists equated whale gigantism to climatic change and greater food source. Since baleen whales such as blues, fins, and bowhead whales filter feed on small organisms, a boom in krill and other similar food sources sparked the leap to giant size. Prior to the boom, which correlated with ice sheets covering the Northern Hemisphere 4.5 million years ago, blue whales were a fraction of the size they are today.

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Video: Rare megamouth shark filmed off Japan Photo

Video: Rare megamouth shark filmed off Japan

Japanese fisherman in the Chiba prefecture caught a rare megamouth shark in their net this past week. The fishermen notified local divers to assist them in freeing the extremely rare fish from their nets and were successful as the megamouth shark swam off “vigorously”. Video of the released shark was captured by Japanese diver Hiroyuki Arakawa.

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Update on laptop ban for travelers to US Photo

Update on laptop ban for travelers to US

Time Magazine reports that following a meeting between US and EU officials in Brussels, the ban on the carriage of laptops in the cabins of aircraft on flights from Europe to the U.S.A. will not be implemented at this time. Instead, officials have agreed to improve cooperation and communication about possible security threats. It should be noted that the original ban on electrical items is still in effect for travelers from several mainly middle eastern destinations.

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Late Availability: Wetpixel Whale Sharks July/August 2017 Photo

Late Availability: Wetpixel Whale Sharks July/August 2017

We have a few last minute spots available to snorkel and photograph the amazing whale shark aggregation off Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Unlike many other trips to the area, this is not a “tourist” experience, in that we leave early and stay out late in order to maximize the photographic opportunities with these wonderful animals. We also use boats run by professional game fishermen; people who are out at sea looking for fish year round.

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A story of patience and perseverence behind this underwater shot of a beaver Photo

A story of patience and perseverence behind this underwater shot of a beaver

It took photographer Louis-Marie Preau four-years to get this shot of an Eurasian Beaver underwater. This shot represents the dedication of both photographer and conservationists alike. For Preau, his dedication included nightly swims in a river in the Loire region of western France that would last two to three hours. But, he finally got his shot.

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